Vermont is a relatively small state in New England known for its status as a winter wonderland. In fact, thousands of visitors flock here every winter for skiing and other winter sports. With over 75 percent of the state covered in hardwood forests and with the northwestern part of the state bordered by Lake Champlain, Vermont is filled with natural beauty. Vermont is also known for being a major producer of maple syrup and for being the home of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream. It is also a progressive state when it comes to health care. CNAs are an integral part of the healthcare team as they provide much of the hands-on care to the 17 percent of the state’s residents older than 65.
– Capital: Montpelier
– Minimum Wage: $9.60
– Number of Hospitals: 14
– Number of Nursing Homes: 3,199
– Total Population: 626,562
– Population (ages 45-64): 187,862
– Population (ages 65+): 106,199
– Population (ages 85+): 14,107
– Middlebury College
– Bennington College
– University of Vermont
The Vermont State Board of Nursing regulates CNA training programs and manages the Registry. In Vermont, CNAs are called LNAs, or Licensed Nursing Assistants. The most direct route to becoming certified is to take a state-approved training program followed by the competency evaluation. Training programs are required to have at least 80 hours of training with at least 30 of the hours spent practicing skills in a local health care facility under the supervision of a registered nurse.
CNA students are allowed to work as non-licensed personnel for up to 120 days as they train and test. In this case, employers are required to pay testing fees as well as most training fees. However, the 120-day grace period cannot be extended for any reason. Also, nursing students and graduate nurses may apply to take the competency evaluation without completing prior training if they have completed a Fundamentals of Nursing Course and at least 30 clinical hours.
To begin CNA training, applicants must be at least 16 years old and eligible to work in the United States. While they will not need to have completed high school, a high school diploma may be beneficial for those considering furthering their education in the future. Students will need to have fingerprints taken for state and federal criminal background checks; background checks must come back clean. Students must be physically fit with full varicella, MMR and hepatitis B vaccines and negative tuberculosis screenings.
The Vermont State Board of Nursing works through the American Red Cross to provide the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program through Pearson VUE. Students must pass this examination successfully within three attempts and two years. Those who do not follow these requirements will be required to complete a full training program before retesting. Testing is offered at four regional sites. The fee for the examination is $130, which may be covered by employers for students who are already working at licensed health care facilities.
Pearson VUE uses a two-part examination to test CNA knowledge as well as skills. The knowledge examination can be taken in a written format with pencil and paper or in an oral format, which is taken with a tape. Those who wish to take the oral examination must indicate this on their initial applications. The written option has 70 multiple-choice questions, and the oral option has 60 multiple-choice questions plus ten basic reading comprehension questions. This section must be completed in two hours or less.
Students demonstrate five skills in front of an Evaluator during the skills section. One of the tasks is hand washing, and another is taking a measurement, such as a radial pulse. The other tasks are randomly selected on test day. The skills are performed on a volunteer actor. Students will have 30 minutes to complete all the skills. Applicants typically find out their scores for both sections on test day. Both sections of the test must be completed on the same day initially.
CNAs moving to Vermont can request to have their certifications transferred with them. The cost to apply for endorsement on Vermont’s LNA Registry is $20. To be eligible for endorsement, CNAs must be active and in good standing on their prior state’s registry with no complaints of patient abuse, neglect or maltreatment. They must undergo a criminal background check. Also, they must have worked at least 400 hours for pay under the supervision of a licensed nurse. Those who have not worked this number of hours must have completed an approved CNA training program within the prior two years to waive Vermont training and skip to the competency examination. Those who do not meet any of these qualifications must retrain and retest in Vermont.
Vermont CNAs must renew their certifications every two years to remain active. The Registry sends out renewal notices approximately 60 days before the expiration date. The expiration date is November 30 in even years. To renew, CNAs must have worked at least 400 hours in the past two years under the direct supervision of a licensed nurse. CNAs who passed the competency evaluation in the prior two years do not have to meet this work requirement. Renewal is free. Those who have not worked the required hours will need to pass the competency evaluation again before being returned to an active status.
|Rutland Regional Medical Center||160 Allen Street||Rutland||VT||05701||802-775-7111||Website|
|Brattleboro Memorial Hospital||17 Belmont Avenue||Brattleboro||VT||05301||802-257-0341||Website|
|Brattleboro Retreat||Anna Marsh Lane||Brattleboro||VT||05301||802-257-7785||Website|
|Central Vermont Medical Center||130 Fisher Road||Berlin||VT||05602||802-371-4100||Not Available|
|Copley Hospital||528 Washington Highway||Morrisville||VT||05661||802-888-8888||Website|
|Gifford Medical Center||44 South Main Street||Randolph||VT||05060||802-728-7000||Website|
|Grace Cottage Hospital||185 Grafton Road||Townshend||VT||05353||802-365-7357||Website|
|Mt. Ascutney Hospital And Health Center||289 County Road||Windsor||VT||05089||802-674-6711||Website|
|North Country Hospital And Health Center||189 Prouty Drive||Newport||VT||05855||802-334-7331||Website|
|Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital||1315 Hospital Drive||Saint Johnsbury||VT||05819||802-748-8141||Website|
|Northwestern Medical Center||133 Fairfield Street||Saint Albans||VT||05478||802-524-5911||Website|
|Porter Medical Center||115 Porter Drive||Middlebury||VT||05753||802-388-4701||Website|
|Southwestern Vermont Medical Center||100 Hospital Drive||Bennington||VT||05201||802-442-6361||Website|
|Springfield Hospital||25 Ridgewood Road||Springfield||VT||05156||802-885-2151||Website|
|University Of Vermont Medical Center||111 Colchester Avenue||Burlington||VT||05401||802-847-0000||Website|
|White River Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center||215 North Main Street||White River Junction||VT||05009||802-295-9363||Website|